Many Asians (especially the educated and professionals in Asian countries) pride themselves on being
tech-savvy. This is especially true for networks like the Internet (which can be said to be the largest
network around at present.) But what happens when this gigantic network and communications in Asia
break down? How do Asians cope then?
In December 2006, both telecommunications and the Internet were severely affected when a major
earthquake hit Asia, with the epicenter located at southern Taiwan. The international cable systems of
many telecom providers and use of the Internet were both affected so that it became hard for
communication to proceed as Asians needed.
Thus many people who need this network and communications in Asia found themselves at a loss as to
how to proceed with their occupations. To fix the ruptured international cables, the service providers had
to deploy cable ships to look for the areas in the system affected by the major earthquake.
The depth of the location of the ruptured cables was said to have dictated how long undersea repairs
would take. The problem was so significant, even countries on the other side of the world (like the USA)
were also hit hard by the effects of the Taiwan earthquake.
Fortunately, the damage was eventually repaired and the experience has made service providers more
vigilant about their crisis response efforts, crisis response resources, and crisis response time. In a region
where missing out on one day of work can cause thousands of dollars in losses for each organization,
crisis recovery is very important.